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Going Shopping Hardcover – 4 Sep 2008

4.3 out of 5 stars 7 customer reviews

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Frances Lincoln Children's Books (4 Sept. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1845077253
  • ISBN-13: 978-1845077259
  • Product Dimensions: 18.7 x 0.6 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 456,303 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Lively illustrations and minimal text, allowing for plenty improvisation by the adult raconteur, map the chaotic day-to-day life of a harassed single mother, her two toddlers and lugubrious dog. --Spectator

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Sarah Garland has produced a complete library for the pre-school child - popular for years as hardbacks, we are now republishing these books as chunky board books with real pre-school appeal. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Format: Board book
I am thinking of buying this book as when we don't have it out from the library my two year old twins miss it terribly and when we do have it out they ask for it to be read repeatedly.
The story has one phrase per page "In you go, jump in dog, down the road, ...". This simple story is enriched with a mass of detail in the pictures that can lead to lots of conversation.
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Format: Hardcover
As with the other titles in Sarah Garland's 'Coming and Going' series for toddlers, 'Going Shopping' depicts a fairly ordinary scene from family life. It's time to go to the supermarket, so Mum gathers up the children and the dog, bundles them into the car, and sets off. From thereon, we see a familiar sequence of events - the carpark, putting everything in the trolley, paying for it, and then setting off home.

As a parent, the thing I love most about Sarah Garland's books are the illustrations - we see a mother who isn't always neatly dressed, and who often looks tired, but she clearly loves her children and they are shown here working together to get things done. The text in the book is fairly undemanding - it really just describes a sequence of events - but the illustrations open up room for discussion, and my daughter loves to describe what's going on in each picture. Buyers may like to note that Dad does not make an appearance in this book, so the tale may not suit single fathers.

Having read a number of other titles in this series, I would observe that there is a bit less going on in this one than in some of the others, both in terms of the illustrations and the words. If you are looking for a little slice of everyday life to share with your toddler, however, then this book might just do the trick.

This review refers to the hardback edition of 'Going Shopping' published by Frances Lincoln Children's Books in 2009.
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By S Riaz HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 10 Aug. 2010
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Sarah Garland excels in making real life stories for toddlers. This is the simplest plot - mum is taking her child and baby to the shops, something every toddler has experienced. She doesn't make the experience too wonderful, it can be a bit trying, but also exciting too. Her delight is that there is always something new to be discovered in the familiar and her books are well worth purchasing. Great series!
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Format: Hardcover
While there's very little text in this story and the sentences used are very short, the illustrations contain a rich narrative of their own for shared discussions. The story is told subtly from the mother's point of view with a realistic irony that will ring true for many parents.
There's opportunities to discuss different kinds of shopping with the various other characters like the lady who looks as though she might be from Sierra Leone, carrying her shopping along the road in a bag; those who drive to the supermarket and use a trolley; why dogs aren't allowed inside the shop. etc.

However, if you're looking for a story that teaches children about purchasing items then the scenes in the supermarket are disappointing, as the produce provides only a blurry backdrop. Nevertheless, it's a charming tale.
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